Ch 4: MTEL English: Modernism in American Literature

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Take a smart approach to prepping for the MTEL English exam by using this helpful chapter. It contains all sorts of useful resources to help you review the characteristics and authors of modernism in American literature.

MTEL English: Modernism in American Literature - Chapter Summary

Quickly review elements of modernism in American literature by using these video lessons designed to help you prepare for the MTEL English teacher certification exam. They are interactive and help you effectively study:

  • Characteristics of modernism in American literature
  • The lost generation of writers
  • Ernest Hemingway's works and life
  • Writing style of William Faulkner
  • John Steinbeck famous works, including the characters and themes in Of Mice and Men
  • T.S. Elliot's background and writing style
  • Major plays by Eugene O'Neill
  • Poems by Gertrude Stein
  • Additional works by Pound, Stein and Mansfield

If needed, you can go through each video lesson multiple times to help you you effectively review details about modernism in American literature. You can also complete the lesson quizzes, which are designed to help you quickly assess your knowledge before the test. Lesson transcripts are also available, which highlight important details about modernist authors.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: MTEL English: Modernism in American Literature
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Modernism in American Literature

1. Modernism in American Literature

In this lesson, we will discuss the concept of literary modernism in the United States. We will explore its historical backdrop along with the very unique characteristics and authors that define American modernism which lasted from 1914-1945.

The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

2. The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

In this lesson, we will explore the effects of WWI on the American literary community. We will take a look at the Lost Generation of writers, the characteristics of their work and the ways in which they represented post-war attitudes both in the U.S. and abroad.

Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

3. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.

William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

4. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

William Faulkner towers above American literature, particularly American literature of the South. In this lesson, we'll explore his life and review his major works and style.

John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

5. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.

Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

6. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.

Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

7. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

This video introduces T.S. Eliot and his major works. It outlines his early life and move to England, and traces his stylistic evolution over his most famous and significant poems.

Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

8. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize, playwright Eugene O'Neill is a major figure in American drama. In this lesson, we'll look at his tumultuous life and review the most notable plays from his acclaimed career.

Even More Modernists: Pound, Stein, and Mansfield

9. Even More Modernists: Pound, Stein, and Mansfield

In this lesson, explore a few major figures in modernist literature who helped define the 20th century, including Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and Katherine Mansfield. Test your understanding of these figures with a brief quiz.

Gertrude Stein: Poems & Explanation

10. Gertrude Stein: Poems & Explanation

This lesson will cover the poetry of Gertrude Stein, who is one of the most important figures in the arts of the first half of the twentieth century. We'll look at her work, the context of her art, and her influence on others.

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